What to expect when you use our service

We work with you to help you stop smoking but the decision to quit has to come from you. When you are ready, we can provide you with information, advice and support that will make you over FOUR times more likely to stop than those who go it alone.

Appointments can be made to fit in around you and where you live in Orkney and can be a mix of face-to-face and/or telephone - apart from weeks 1, 4 and 12 which are preferably face to face. (Home visits available).

Duration of the programme is twelve weeks and what is covered in each session will depend on the individual.

The 12 weeks are split up as follows- but can be customised to individual needs

Week 1- first appointment in person
Week 2 & 3 - follow up meetings
Week 4 - 4-week check in person
Week 6 & 8 - follow up meetings
Week 12 - Face to face, if possible

Week 1 (Up to 1 hour – face to face)

  • You will meet your Cessation advisor and get an understanding of what the service offers.
  • You will be asked about your smoking history, this will help decide if Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) or other medication can be used.
  • If you require a prescription, it will be available from your G.P. NOTE -Guidelines advise that if you are pregnant, you try to quit without any NRT for 2 weeks but if you are unable to manage, NRT can be prescribed.
  • The reasons you have and the motivation behind why you want to stop smoking will be discussed.
  • You will be asked if you have a quit date in mind, If so, this will be noted.
  • A baseline carbon monoxide reading will be taken so that you can see how rapidly your body starts to recover after stopping smoking.
  • You will be asked about the level of support you require from the service and what form the meetings will take i.e. face to face or telephone.
  • Contact details will be asked for.
  • Arrange the next appointment.

Week 4 (face to face)

  • Your general health and well -being will be discussed
  • Advice will be given on how to form daily routines to take in to account the gaps that are left when you are no longer smoking.
  • A carbon monoxide reading will be obtained.

The next appointment will be arranged.

Week 12 (face to face if possible)

  • A review of your progress and if you have managed to quit- well done!

However, if you have not managed this time – do not worry - Some people do stop smoking at their first attempt but most take several attempts to quit for good. If you do not manage to stop, or start smoking again, do not “beat yourself up” about it.

Our door is always open to you to come back for further support when you are ready.

REMEMBER - Do not quit quitting! You can do it and we can help!

The Benefits of quitting



20 minutes

Your blood pressure and your pulse return to normal. Circulation improves – especially in hands and feet

8 hours

your oxygen levels return to normal and your chance of having a heart attack falls

24 hours

Carbon monoxide leaves your body. Your lungs start to clear out mucus and debris

48 hours

Congratulations. Your body is now nicotine free, have you noticed your sense of taste, and smells have improved?

72 hours

Your breathing is easier. You have more energy

2-12 Weeks

Circulation is now improved throughout your body. It’s easier for you to walk and exercise now.

3-9 months

You lung efficiency is up by 5-10%. Breathing problems are fading away. Say goodbye to coughing, shortness of breath and wheezing.

5 years

You have halved the chance of getting a heart attack compared to a smoker

10 years

The chance of getting lung cancer is now half of that of a smoker. Your chances of having a heart attack are the same as those of a person who has never smoked.